Riley Nehring, of the e-LEMON-ators dodgeball team, takes aim at an opponent Friday at Carroll Middle School.
Riley Nehring, of the e-LEMON-ators dodgeball team, takes aim at an opponent Friday at Carroll Middle School.
March 26, 2014



A St. Lawrence Center sixth-grade team - dubbed the "Knightmares" - won the annual Carroll Middle School Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, a 3-year-old fundraiser for Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Twenty-one St. Lawrence and Carroll student teams sought the championship trophy that day in the Middle School gym with an audience of hundreds of students and parents who packed the bleachers. The Knightmares defeated a seventh-grade team from the same school - the "Wolf Pack" - to win the single-elimination tournament. The event raised about $2,300 though $3 door admissions and concessions sales. Fundraising has increased every year of the event - from $1,000 the first year to $2,000 last year and this year's record amount. Funds increased after concession sales were added. Carroll Middle School will increase its donation to Relay with a pennies war beginning after April's spring break. Last year, the school generated $3,000 altogether from dodgeball and pennies war and donated $2,000 to Relay and $1,000 to the family of a student who was battling cancer. Two sixth-grade teams from the Middle School won the sportsmanship and best uniform awards - the "#selfies" and "Pink Samurai Turtles," respectively. A notable loss came early in the contest when the Middle School team "Purple Cobras" handed "Team Stacked," an adult team composed of their teachers, its first-ever loss in tournament history.